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Afro-Latin Funk


A concept founded on the premise that the Afro-Latin dances are complete as they are and that the preservation of culture and essence of the genre are of utmost importance. 

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Afro-Latin Funk


A concept founded on the premise that the Afro-Latin dances are complete as they are and that the preservation of culture and essence of the genre are of utmost importance. 

The introduction of African slaves into the Caribbean shaped the music and dance forms that would be developed there. The African instruments and traditions are at the foundation of popular Latin music as much as they are with the folklore of the Antilles. As both popular Latin music and Folklore made their way to the United States, a fusion with jazz and soul music provided the catalyst that would point Latin music in the direction we find it today. The popular Latin dances faced similar influences as they reached the United States and are infused with Tap dance, Lindy Hop and other popular trends of the 1940's, 50's and 60's. It is with this understanding that the premise is formed for Afro Latin Funk. 

Afro Latin Funk is a concept, not a style of dance per se. It is the answer to the question, "What would Latin dance would be if a disciplined method of training were applied?" It is the potential of the family of dances that correspond to the musical styles that were included in the umbrella term “Música Latina”. This term was later replaced with the word “Salsa” and referred to a group of related rhythms, played with the influences of African American forms of popular music. This group of musical styles included the Mambo, Cha Cha Cha, the 4 types of Cuban Son (Guarjira, Son, Guaracha, Son Montuno), Guaguancó, Pachanga, Bomba and Plena, Jala Jala and Boogaloo. The music made increasingly popular in New York in the 1960's and 70's, called Salsa, included all of these musical concepts and more, each with their own corresponding feeling and physical representation in the form of dance.

Afro Latin funk acknowledges the many dance concepts involved in this rich music and provides a system of training that evolves both the dancer and the dance form itself to ever-greater sophistication and maturity. Because these dance forms are based in either a social construct or Folklore they had not been formalized in terms of training. Afro Latin Funk provides a linear system to this group of dances to evolve them into a sophisticated mode of artistic expression for performance art as well as personal development. Afro Latin funk is not fusion. It does not utilize the specific training and concepts of classical dances. It is founded on the premise that the Afro-Latin dances are complete as they are and that the preservation of culture and essence of the genre are of utmost importance. 

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Class Etiquette


Class Etiquette


CLASS ETIQUETTE

1. ONCE THE MUSIC STARTS PRACTICE HAS BEGUN. PLEASE REMAIN SILENT AS YOU WARM UP. THIS TIME IS FOR LISTENING PRACTICE. MUSICAL UNDERSTANDING IS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE

2. DURING TEACHER DEMONSTRATIONS AND EXPLANATIONS PLEASE REMAIN STILL AND ATTENTIVE. QUESTIONS AND PRACTICE TIMES WILL BE DESIGNATED BY THE TEACHER. ATTENTION IS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE. 

3. PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT IN INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED PRACTICE SENIOR PRACTITIONERS WILL STAND IN THE FRONT OF THE ROOM CLOSEST TO THE TEACHER. SENIOR PRACTITIONERS HAVE BEEN CHOSEN BY THE TEACHER AS EXAMPLES. IF ROOM REMAINS THE SPOTS CAN BE FILLED AS NECESSARY. RESPECT IS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE. 

4. PLEASE BE CONSCIOUS OF, AND COURTEOUS TO YOUR FELLOW PRACTITIONERS, ESPECIALLY THOSE BEHIND YOU. DO NOT STAND DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF A FELLOW PRACTITIONER IF POSSIBLE AND BE SENSITIVE TO THE AMOUNT OF SPACE AVAILABLE. SAFETY AND SIGHT LINES ARE OF GREAT IMPORTANCE. 

5. PLEASE WEAR COMFORTABLE FORM FITTING CLOTHING AND PLEASE DO NOT WEAR BULKY OR HIGH HEEL SHOES FOR PRACTICE. THE FLOOR IS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE. 

6. PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF WHEN WORKING WITH A PARTNER AND THANK THEM AFTER ROTATION IS CALLED. DURING THAT TIME THEY ARE BOTH YOUR TEACHER AND STUDENT. COURTESY AND HUMILITY ARE OF GREAT IMPORTANCE. 

7. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO LAUGH AT  THE TEACHERS SILLY JOKES. THE TEACHERS FEELINGS....AND NOT TAKING OURSELVES TOO SERIOUSLY ARE OF GREAT IMPORTANCE.